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Loukas Christodoulou
Weekly thoughts about how storytelling and my other interests relate to facing the planetary climate crisis.
Created 06 Aug 2021
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  • What backgammon taught me about life
    18 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    I like games, and one I’ve been playing since childhood is backgammon. These days it’s less on a wooden board under the shade of an olive tree, and more on an app on my mobile phone. Today I want to t...
  • Swedish paradoxes: Loving and hating the modern world
    15 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    This is the 5th and last in a series about Swedish culture, seen through the perspective of five paradoxes. This is the introduction and collection of all the other episodes. Let me know if you have r...
  • Swedish paradoxes: Brutally humane
    30 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Photo: Frederik Tellerup https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en How decisions are made In Sweden everything is political – which means it is very important that the political is not po...
  • Science and storytelling
    26 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Photo: Alan Chia https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en Taking a quick break from my series about Swedish society to fire off a quick note about some things I’ve been thinking about fo...
  • Swedish paradoxes: Swedes are secretly soft
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Photo: Bill Ebbesen, creative commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ There’s a saying that Americans are like peaches, while Russians are like watermelons. Emotionally, I mean. The sayin...
  • Personal letter: Kingdom of fear
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Picture: The Artifex from flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Good morning lucky subscribers! This is a ‘secret’ issue of the newsletter, for your eyes only. One of the reasons I chose to use Subs...
  • Swedish paradoxes: We’re all alone, together
    18 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Being a member of a housing association/coop can mean carrying out work together. Photo credit: Aspicior Hi this is the second in a six-part series about the paradoxes that define Sweden. How this cou...
  • Swedish paradoxes: [mis]trust
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi, the last newsletter about the Five Swedish Paradoxes was my most-read-ever, so I’ll use it as the launching pad for a mini-series of articles exploring each one. Normal service with letters about ...
  • The five paradoxes that define Sweden
    11 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Hi, I’m Loukas, and I write and think about stories, cultural change and the climate era. Here’s a newsletter making points about my adopted home country, based on a book idea I worked on for a while ...
  • How runaway cultural change can meet runaway climate change
    03 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Hi, I’m Loukas. Born in London, live in Stockholm and thinks a lot about climate change and culture. I’ve been doing journalism for a quarter of a century, have a history degree, a masters in media an...
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